Published on February 21st, 2011 | by Surfing In Victoria0
Woorrangalook Victorian Koori Surfing Titles presented by Play It Safe By The Water
The 2011 Woorrangalook Victorian Koori Surfing Titles completed in spectacular fashion at Urquharts Bluff on the Great Ocean Road.
Over 150 competitors attended from all across Victoria, with members of indigenous communities travel from Swan Hill, Horsham, Kerang, the Latrobe Valley, Phillip Island, metropolitan Melbourne and Warrnambool with a strong local contingent from the local Geelong region. The recent flood crisis in northern Victoria unfortunately resulted in some communities being unable to attend.
Saturday say blazing sunshine and small 1.5 to 2ft waves with light onshore winds, perfect conditions for the younger competitors.
Participation was a key element of the event. Tens of volunteers with surf coaching accreditation were on hand to ensure those in the water had the greatest possible amount of fun.
Members from the CFMEU once again played a key role in the event. Cooking and distributing a barbeque lunch, with the meat supplied by Farm Foods for all competitors, family members, spectators and staff over the duration of the event.
Also involved in the event were members from the Victoria Police, which provides an excellent opportunity for them to form positive relationships with the indigenous community members.
Surfing Victoria’s Indigenous Aquatics officer and event organiser Steve Parker was more than pleased with the success of the event. “It is always a great couple of days down the beach, an excellent opportunity to catch up with family, friends and communities”.
“Surfing is such a fun and positive sport and we are greatful for the members of the Victoria Police and CFMEU getting involved to help make the day a success”.
Over the previous years of the event, it has been evident that there are some extremely talented Koori surfers in Victoria. This year’s event was no exception.
Winning the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s division was Jordie Campbell from Sandy Point. Jordie narrowly secured his second consecutive Victorian Indigenous title over Anthony Hume and with Josh Kennedy in third positon and Steve Parker in fourth.
Winner of the U/16 boys division was BJ O’Toole. BJ was a standout in and out of the water throughout the weekend and also received a brand new BASE surfboard supplied by Parks Victoria.
One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the weekend is the tag team, where surfers compete as a team rather than individually. The team from the CFMEU took victory, ahead of “Koori Girls” and the “Koori Groms” team. In fourth positon were the “Life Savers” and in 5th was the team from the Victoria Police.
The event was proudly sponsored by the Victorian Government ‘Play it Safe by the Water’ campaign and supported by VicHealth, Power Balance, the CMFEU, Victoria Police Aboriginal Community Justice Program, Wathaurong Glass, the Wathaurong Community, Sport & Recreation Victoria, the surfing industry and Surfing Victoria.
Full Results Below -
Under 6 Boys
1st Abe Knox
Under 6 Girls
1st Jayme-lee Black
Under 10 Girls
1st Rai Livesey
Under 10 Boys
1st Levi Fennell
Under 12 Boys
1st Paul Robert
Under 12 Girls
1st Taleena Black
Under 14 Boys
1st Keedan Graham
Under 14 Girls
Under 16 Boys
1st BJ O’Toole
Under 16 Girls
1st Naomi Edwards
Under 18 Boys
1st Joshua Kennedy
Under 18 Girls
1st Amelia Livesey
1st Jordie Campbell
1st Isabell Dunn
1st Jason Simpson
1st Corrina O’Toole
1st Lowell Hunter